Alisha Bloom is the founder and principal attorney of Versant Legal, a boutique law firm specializing in outside general counsel services, compliance counseling, and data privacy and security. Alisha is an insightful, detail-oriented lawyer with a passion for creative problem-solving. She draws on more than 16 years of in-house and law firm experience in counseling companies and individuals on business, legal, compliance, and strategic issues, with particular expertise advising healthcare software companies.
In her most recent position as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of ikaSystems (now Visiant), Alisha played a vital role in the healthcare IT company’s transformation and eventual acquisition. Previously, she built a three-person legal department from scratch as General Counsel of CompuGroup Medical US. As a valued member of both companies’ executive teams, she guided management on the legal and strategic aspects of business initiatives and on governance issues. She also drafted and negotiated contracts and software license agreements; advised on data privacy and regulatory compliance matters; and favorably settled disputes while avoiding new litigation.
During her seven-year tenure as a business litigation associate at Goodwin, an AmLaw50 firm, Alisha managed litigation, conducted depositions, prepared fact and expert witnesses, and wrote briefs and motions. She was a key member of the team that successfully defended a Fortune 500 consumer products client in a complex, billion-dollar product liability lawsuit. Earlier in her career, Alisha specialized in intellectual property damages and antitrust/competition as an analyst with NERA, an economic consulting firm.
Alisha received Columbia Law School’s highest academic honor and served as an editor on the Columbia Law Review. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University, also graduating with honors. For eight years, Alisha volunteered as a director of a non-profit conflict resolution organization, serving as the board’s president from 2013 to 2017. In addition, she is a trained community mediator and an adjunct professor of mediation at New England Law. In 2015, she was honored as an In-House Leader in the Law. Alisha is also an award-winning contemporary romance author under a pen name. She welcomes invitations to speak on panels and present workshops.